April 24, 2013 08:00 PM

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Don’t let the frilly dresses fool you — Tiffani Thiessen‘s daughter Harper Renn knows how to get her hands dirty, too.

“Any time this little girl can put on a princess dress, she is all for it,” Thiessen, 39, tells PEOPLE Tuesday at Oscar de la Renta’s “Mommy and Me” Soiree benefiting Baby Buggy.

“What’s so funny is she would wear that outside and pick up snails. She’s a very 50-50 kind of girl. She’s a true Gemini.”

Harper, who turns 3 in June, is in her “independent stage.”
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“It’s all about her picking out her clothes, her getting dressed, her wanting to wear what she wants to wear,” says the actress. “It’s all about, ‘What can I do?'”

Lately, that’s meant wanting to read books by herself, too. Even if she can’t quite read yet!

“Last night she ‘read’ four books to us. She didn’t actually read — it was her own story,” says Thiessen. “That made me laugh!”

— Gabrielle Olya

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